Department of Early Education and Care

51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Main Line: (617)988-6600
Fax: (617)988-2451


The Office of the Commissioner

Key Contacts:

  • Sean Faherty, Chief of Staff, 617-988-6648
  • Board Relations, Legislative Affairs, and Media Inquiries: Kathleen Hart, Director of Communications and External Affairs, 617-988-7819
  • Commissioner's scheduling: Sheila Richardson, Executive Assistant, 617-988-7824
  • EEC Advisory Council: John Swanson, Policy Analyst, 617-988-7803
  • Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Initiatives: Gwen Alexander, Program Quality Improvement Manager, 617-988-7812

Policy, Research & Evaluation Unit

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The Office of Administration & Finance

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The Office of Regional Operations, Support and Engagement

The Office of Regional Operations, Support and Engagement encompasses the following critical functions:

  • Licensing, Monitoring and Investigations
  • Educator and Provider Support
  • Family/Community Engagement and Program Monitoring.

Key Contacts:

  • David McGrath, Deputy Commissioner for Field Operations, 617-988-6602
  • Region 1, Springfield: Erin Craft - Regional Director, 413-881-1533
  • Region 2, Worcester: Donna Cohen-Avery - Regional Director, 508-461-1459
  • Region 3, Lawrence: Anita Moeller - Regional Director, 978-826-1309
  • Region 5, Taunton: Mike Avery - Regional Director, 508-967-3403
  • Region 6, Metro Boston: Alina Lopez - Regional Director, 617-979-8605

Educator and Provider Support

Educator and Provider Support manages the Department of Early Education and Care Professional Development which includes but is not limited to the Professional Development Registry; develops the technical assistance and training to support new and existing licensing regulations and requirements; training for early educators on the inclusion of students with disabilities and other early education programs to share and gather input on a variety of topics. Via grants, provides financial support and technical assistance (CFCEs) to support program accreditation (NAEYC, NAFCC, COA).

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Family and Community Engagement and Program Monitoring

Family/Community Engagement and Program Monitoring will include but is not limited to the dissemination of information about programs, grants and other EEC sponsored opportunities for families (e.g., translated resources and materials) and providers (e.g., professional development resources). The Family and Community Engagement Strategy will also include a strong regional field and family feedback and input component as the Department develops and implements policies, promulgates regulations and promotes best practices in licensing, monitoring and more.

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Department of Early Education and Care Offices and Key Contacts

Region 1 - Western Regional Office

1441 Main Street, Suite 230, Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: 413-788-8401; Fax: 413-784-1227

Region 2 - Central Regional Office

10 Austin Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 508-798-5180; Fax: 508-798-5181

Region 3 - Northeast Regional Office

360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, 3rd floor Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: 978-681-9684; Fax: 978-689-7618

Region 5 - Southeast/Cape and Island Regional Office

1 Washington Street, Suite 20, Taunton, MA 02780
Phone: 508-828-5025; Fax: 508-828-5235

  • Mike Avery - Regional Director, 508-967-3403
  • Anne Hemmer - Regional QRIS Contact, 508-967-3413
  • Gail Perry - Educator/Provider Support Specialist, 508-9673404

Region 6 - Metro/Boston Regional Office

1250 Hancock Street, Suite 120-S, Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-472-2881; Fax: 617-472-2722

Main Office

51 Sleeper Street, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 617-988-6600; Fax: 617-988-2451

Legislative Contact:

  • Kathleen Hart, Director of Communications and External Affairs, 617-988-7819

Primary QRIS Contact:

EEC Advisory Council Contact:

Commissioner's scheduling:

EEC Board Contact:

  • Kathleen Hart, Director of Communications and External Affairs, 617-988-7819

Legal Affairs:

Financial Appeals:

Background Checks:

Teacher Qualifications:

  • Marian Caesar, Professional Qualifications Coordinator, 617-988-7807
  • Rosanna Lococo, Professional Qualifications Coordinator, 617-988-7806
  • Natou Sissoko, Professional Qualifications Coordinator, 617-988-7808

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